Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas sustained “extensive second- and third-degree burns” on both legs below the knees and on both feet – and may miss next week’s Republican National Convention as a result, spokesman Matt Hirsch said Sunday.
Hirsch also said Abbott was with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Thursday when he was scalded in an accident involving hot water.The governor was treated for several hours at nearby St. John’s Medical Center. Hirsch declined to provide any further details.
Hirsch said surgery won’t be required immediately, but that Abbott was heading to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Monday afternoon to see specialists. He continues to get his legs wrapped daily and should be required to do so for three weeks, Hirsch said.
The governor is chairman of Texas’ delegation to the Republican convention in Cleveland, which begins July 18. But Hirsch said he may now not make the trip, calling a decision about Abbott’s attendance “day-to-day.” Abbott supports presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Abbott’s accident came one day prior to the massive Dallas shooting that killed five police officers.